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Bethel has several champions in state forensics

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Four members of the Bethel College forensics squad earned trophies at the Kansas Individual Events Championship Tournament at Sterling College Saturday, Feb. 19.

Sophomores Chris Riesen, Beatrice, Neb., and Aaron Rudeen, Osage City, are state champions in Duo Interpretation; Brandon Schwager, junior from Lawrence, in Impromptu Speaking; and Marike Stucky, freshman from Moundridge, in Poetry Interpretation.

These and other strong performances in forensics helped Bethel bring home third place in the individual events team sweepstakes. Thirteen schools, including Bethel, competed.

With her top finish in Poetry Interpretation, Stucky qualified for her third event in the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET). She had already qualified in Dramatic Interpretation and Programmed Oral Interpretation.

Joe Fitch, sophomore from Independence, Mo., also qualified for his second event at AFA-NIET with a second-place finish in Dramatic Interpretation. He had already qualified, with Taylor Ambrosi, freshman from Independence, Mo., in Duo Interpretation.

Bethel now has eight members of its forensics squad qualified for AFA-NIET in nine different events. The national tournament will be held this year at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, April 1-4.

Also at the state tournament, Rudeen was second in After Dinner Speaking; Ambrosi and Fitch finished third in Duo Interpretation; Audra Miller, sophomore from Hesston, took fourth in prose interpretation; Natalie Stucky, sophomore from Moundridge, was fourth in Persuasive Speaking; and Julia Huxman, junior from Wichita, finished fifth in Persuasive Speaking.

C.J. Fischer, freshman from Newton, and Julia Miller, sophomore from Hesston, also competed.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is in the first tier in its category in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of “America’s Top Colleges” for 2011. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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